Explore the CWGC Archive

The aim of the CWGC archive is to collect, manage and preserve materials which document the history of the organisation, the individuals we commemorate, the cemeteries and memorials we maintain, and to make such records accessible to the public.

Archive re-opening

Our Archive and Reading Room is now open. Please read on to find out about new opening times and restrictions.

Start your research through our dedicated online archive portal

The CWGC archive tracks the history of the Commission from its founding in 1917 to the present day.

Explore the CWGC Archive


We welcome visitors to the archive, and encourage and support the use of our archive collection. The archive is based at the CWGC Head Office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and is open to researchers and the general public by appointment.

We are pleased to announce that from November we will be looking to further open up our archive for bookings, although access is still subject to some restrictions. These restrictions allow us to provide socially distanced access to our archive material in our reading room. We are only open on certain dates, and are only able to accommodate a maximum of two researchers on any one day.

We are open on the following days between 10am and 4pm:

As we are not yet operating at full capacity, we will be limiting file orders to no more than 10 items from the archive collection per person per visit, and these items will need to be ordered in advance.

You can request an appointment by contacting us via: visitarchives@cwgc.org. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you have received an email from a member of the CWGC archive team.

Whilst we will endeavour to keep to this schedule, there may be times when we have to cancel booked visits at short notice in order to comply with regulations. We will do our utmost to inform you in advance should this be the case, but it is also strongly advised that you contact the archive team on the day of your visit to confirm that the archive is open.

Please note that while we are able to answer some enquiries relating to the archives ourselves, we are unable to undertake extensive research on your behalf.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Get started with our archive guides

Researching Cemeteries and Memorials

This bitesize guide will show you how to get started with our online catalogue and give you a few tips on how to begin your research into one of our sites. You'll find out how to locate and access records relating to the site covering aspects including design, construction, unveiling, and maintenance.

View the guide as a PDF

Researching CWGC staff members

This guide will show you how to research former CWGC members of staff. You'll get tips on how to use the CWGC Archive catalogue and how to use a member of staff's staff card to find out more about their role.

View this guide as PDF
Read our Efiles - digitised versions of the Enquires we received following the end of the First World War

They are a window into how people felt at the time and the efforts of the Commission to help them.

Explore our eFiles